Drug Class: What is Famvir and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does it work?
Dosage: How should you take this medication?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
Special information on Famvir
Famvir side effects
|Drug Class: What is Famvir and why is it prescribed?|
| Famvir is an antiviral drug which is active against the Herpes
viruses, including herpes simplex 1 and 2 (cold sores and genital herpes)
and varicella-zoster (shingles and chicken pox).
Shingles is a painful rash with raised, red pimples on the trunk of the body, usually the back. Because it is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, only people who have had chickenpox can get shingles. When prescribed for shingles, Famvir works best
|Drug Mechanism: How does it work?|
Famvir is an antiviral medication, which is used to treat certain viral infections. Famvir acts by inhibiting the production of genetic material (DNA), which is required for reproduction and hence the survival of the virus.
Famvir inhibits the replication of viral DNA that is necessary in order for viruses to reproduce themselves. Famvir (Famciclovir) is actually a \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"prodrug,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" in that it is not active directly
|Dosage: How should you take this medication?|
Treatment with Famvir should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms such as tingling, burning, blisters is observed.
For maximum benefit, take Famvir for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms begin to clear up. Do not, however, take Famvir more often or for a longer time than your doctor directs.
Take each Famvir doses with a full glass of water.
You may take Famvir with meals or in between. Taking Famvir
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication|
If Famvir is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Famvir with probenecid (Benemid), a drug used to treat gout (a type of arthritis).
Probenecid may decrease excretion of Famvir leading to higher levels of Famvir in the bloodstream. You may need a Famvir dosage adjustment or special monitoring during Famvir treatment if you are taking probenecid.
|Special information on Famvir|
Most important fact about Famvir
Famvir Special precautions
|Famvir side effects|
Side effects of Famvir cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Famvir.
More common side effects of Famvir may include: Constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting.
Less common side effects of Famvir may include: Abdominal pain, back pain, chills and fever, gas, indigestion, injury, insomnia, irritated sinuses, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite,
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